How to beat Trump, the Russians, and avoid the pitfalls of purity politics

I did a pair of Facebook Live and Periscope videos today about taking on Donald Trump and the Russians, and why it’s important that we work with Republican allies on this important issue.

They’re the same video, on two different services, so I’m going to embed the Facebook version below.

Enjoy.

 

 

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  • mf_roe

    that’s the crown jewels, are you sure that confronting the Russians (TO NO Resolution) is worth the safety net? I fought during the Cold War confronting the Russians is a task of decades. Spending is not something the repugs are going to do outside of the military.

    I suggest we learn to work with the repugs that recognize tRUMP’s actions are as dangerous to their interests as they are to ours. They will work with us before they let idiot-boy destroy their hard won privilege.

  • Demosthenes

    I’d be willing to accept in the short run (until the Donald and the GOP Congress are replaced) a federal budget deal cutting some spending in exchange for preserving the ACA, Social Security, and Medicare.

  • mf_roe

    ACA is a good example of the futility of trying to establish something when the opposition DOES NOT share a common goal with you, they will sabotage and cripple what they see as harmful to their wishes. Obama’s legacy is full of examples of NOT pushing hard enough and settling for laws that will shortly be repealed. LBJ and Bush the lessor are examples of positioning the debate such that those in opposition were neutered, by public opinion. Both of them suffer a damaged legacy because neither could change the position of their opposition. Bush actually had some success selling the treasonous Patriot Act but it took the 9-11 Event to sell it.

    A more fundamental question is WHAT are you willing to sacrifice to achieve a coalition?

  • brel1

    Just a suggestion, make a short version for people with short attention spans (or less time). Thanks.

  • Demosthenes

    Your theme of the podcast is meritorious: if possible, coalition politics work. The converse is also true: failure to get bipartisan support can ultimately destroy even the most worthy legislation. The GOP obstruction and refusal to cooperate on the ACA, for example, led to a bill that was vulnerable to repeal, as we see now.

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